March 31, 2023
Rob Halford at Xmas

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford loves Christmas so much that he’s made two festive albums, 2019’s Celestial following on from 2009’s Halford III: Winter Songs.

Here are his eight favourite Christmas songs.

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Slade – Merry Xmas Everybody (1973)

“I know everybody has heard it a million times but this song absolutely has to be on the list. When you look back now on how many great songs Slade had, it’s still incredible. I saw the original Slade back in the early days, before I was in Judas Priest.

[Slade frontman] Noddy Holder and I both grew up on the Beechdale estate in Walsall. Now, you’re not going to believe this, but even after all these years Noddy and I have never actually stood in front of each other, and shook each other’s hand. A mate of mine who works for Priest is a close friend of Nod’s and has been trying to arrange a Christmas curry for the three of us forever. Hopefully one year it’s finally going to happen.”

Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day (1973)

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